How to Use Your TV as a Second Display on Windows 10

May 4, 2020
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If you’re working from home and in need of an extra display to manage the workload then your TV just might be the perfect solution. You can connect your TV as a second display on Windows 10 using the WiFi Adapter of your PC. It can either be pre-installed on the motherboard of your rig or built-in on your laptop by default.

This not only works with Android-powered smart TVs but also with regular LED panels. The process or the menu navigation to activate the screen mirroring feature is variable as it is based on different manufacturers and their interface, but you can always go through the instruction manual or the OEM's website to learn more.

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First, you need to activate the screen mirroring or Miracast from the menu of your TV. Here are some links to Sony, Samsung, TCL, and Vizio guides on how you can enable screen mirroring. If you have a TV that does not belong to these brands then you can simply head over to the manufacturer's website directly for more information.

Here’s how you can use your TV as a second display on Windows 10

  1. Click on the Action Center at the bottom right corner of the taskbar on your PC once the screen mirroring has been enabled on your TV. Click on Project to proceed.
    How to Mirror Your PC Screen on TV In Windows 10
  2. Select Connect to wireless display to continue.
  3. Your system will now search for your TV. Select the name of your TV device when it pops up as a display in the Connect menu.
    How to Connect your Laptop to a TV wirelessly on Windows 10
  4. The system will now begin connecting; it might take a few seconds.
  5. Now check the box that says Allow mouse, keyboard, touch, and pen input from this device.
  6. Press the Windows key + P to bring up the Project menu. Use Duplicate if you wish to use the TV as a larger screen instead of a secondary one as this would replicate the screen of your PC onto the TV.
    Screen Mirroring on Windows 10
  7. The Extend option can be used to turn the TV into a second display as shown in the screenshot below. This enables you to keep tabs or spreadsheets open on the TV as a secondary display while you perform other tasks on your PC monitor.

Setting up orientation

  1. The second display's orientation is on the right side by default as you drag your mouse pointer to the far right corner then it would appear on the second screen. The orientation can be changed to the left: right-click on the home screen, and select Display settings.
  2. You can now view both the displays listed as 1 and 2. Click on Identify and it will display the numbers associated with each display in a large preview on the left corner.
    How to Mirror Your PC Screen on TV In Windows 10
  3. In order to switch the orientation of the extended display to the left, simply drag the preview of the display 2 from the right to the left side of display 1. Click Apply to save the changes. Now in order to access display 2, you need to push your mouse pointer to the left edge of display 1 instead of the right side.

You can now open a spreadsheet, a browser tab, file explorer, and mail simultaneously across both displays by dragging windows to the second display over the right or left edge (based on the orientation).

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Using second screen as the primary display

  1. The Second screen only option cuts down your PC’s display and uses the TV as the primary display. This can be used if you wish to work using a wireless keyboard and mouse from a distance while your PC is plugged in.
  2. The small gear icon in the middle of the display is the Settings menu that lets you access three different projection modes: Gaming, Working, and Watching videos. This helps your PC and TV to adjust the latency accordingly to provide the best experience.
    How to Mirror Your Screen on TV in Windows 10
  3. If you wish to disconnect the TV as a second display then you can either use the Disconnect button at the top middle or press Windows key + P to bring up the Project menu and then select Disconnect.
    Miracast on Windows 10

You can use your TV as a second display via projecting the PC’s display to ensure that you never run out of screens for any tasks while you’re working from home.

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